“Agency Background – The mission of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is to offer nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families while ensuring program integrity in partnership with state agencies. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) has tasked FNS SNAP with implementing the National Accuracy Clearinghouse (NAC). To help in fulfilling SNAP’s mission, the NAC will be designed to allow SNAP state agencies to prevent individuals from receiving SNAP benefits in multiple states at the same time by meeting the following goals:
- The system will be populated with information about active SNAP cases provided by state agencies to include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- State agencies will match against the nationwide NAC database to ensure SNAP applicants and participants in their state aren’t already receiving benefits in another state before certifying them for SNAP benefits.
- State agencies will be notified when existing duplicate participation is discovered to allow them to take timely action to resolve the issue.
In FY2021, FNS entered into an interagency agreement (IAA) with 18F within General Services Administration (GSA) / Technology Transformation Services (TTS) to develop software for the NAC that meets Farm Bill requirements and to provide assisted acquisition services for the procurement of software development services. 18F and FNS are working together to obtain the best value possible for contractor services and collaborate throughout solicitation, competition, evaluation, implementation, and administration.”
“FNS is seeking a contractor to take over the development of the NAC after 18F has built the minimally viable product (MVP), manage ongoing NAC system operations, work with state agencies to implement the NAC, and develop any future enhancements to the NAC. With the assistance of the GSA Office of Acquisitions (OA), 18F will award the assisted acquisition on behalf of FNS and will hand over contract administration to FNS at a mutually agreed upon time (to be determined).”
“It’s imperative that we prioritize the following attributes when building the NAC:
- System/data security We need to protect the PII of millions of people.
- Data accuracy
The information used for the match needs to be accurate, otherwise the NAC isn’t useful.
- System availability/responsiveness
State agency team members need to be able to connect to the NAC and get responses in near real-time as they are certifying applicants.
Uploading data and integrating APIs can’t be burdensome otherwise state agencies won’t implement the NAC. If state agency workers find the process too hard, they may not use the NAC or use it incorrectly.
- Future capacity”
“The initial (base) period of performance (PoP) for this task order is 12 months. There will also be two (2) option periods of 12 months each, for a total possible period of performance of 36 months. The PoP is expected to begin on September 1, 2021. Schedule holders are expected to submit a quote assuming an approximate budget of $1.7M for the base period, $1.5M for option period one, and $1.5M for option period two. Schedule holders are expected to submit a quote reflective of its solution to fulfill the government’s requirements.”
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